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Posted on: September 3, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Two Males in Custody following a Shooting at Early Morning House Party

September 3, 2018


This morning, Monday, September 3rd, at approximately 5:48 AM, Lawrence Police responded to the area of 940 Essex Street for a report of shots fired with a man down. Officer Carlos Vieira was to the first to arrive on scene and found a 35 year old Lawrence man with an apparent gun shot wound to his back.  The male was treated on scene by member of the Lawrence Fire Department, as well as, Paramedics and EMTs from Lawrence General Hospital, and transported to that facility by ambulance.  He was subsequently transported to Boston Hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  

 As Police Personnel were responding to the area, dispatch informed them that a gray suv was seen fleeing the area.  As this information was being provided to the responding units, Officer Michael Coluantoni informed dispatch that he had located a gray sports utility vehicle, which was unoccupied, that had just struck a pole in the area of 700 Esssex St, coming to rest into a fence.   All responding units searched the area the suspects.  Moments later, Officers encountered two males in the area of the Merrimack Courts housing projects on Essex Street, who began to flee upon seeing the Officers.  One male was apprehended by Officer Alexander Ovalles following a short foot chase.  The second male fled on foot through backyards as several officers gave chase. He was apprehended a few blocks away hiding in a Lowell St backyard with the assistance of an Essex County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. 

Officers located a firearm in the suspect’s vehicle.

Arrested were: Jeffrey Graciani age 35 of Lawrence was charged Assault with intent to murder, Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon, and several firearms related charges.  And Twaldo Baez age 35 of Lawrence who had active warrants for his arrest at the time of the incident. 

Both the victim and of the individuals in custody were attending the same house party in the area. This is not believed to be a random act of violence, and there is no threat to public as a result of this incident.  This investigation is being conducted by the Lawrence Police Department, and members of the Essex State Police Unit assigned to Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s Office.

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